Washington Redskins Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams will be in street clothes the next four games, as the team announced his suspension on Tuesday due to a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Williams, 28, was suspended in 2011 for failing two drug tests, making him a mandatory member of the league’s Program for Substances of Abuse.
According to Washington Post Redskins reporter Mike Jones, the seven-year veteran was punished for missing a drug test–this time–not failing one.
2 people familiar with the situation say that Williams MISSED a test, and that's why he was suspended four games.
— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) November 1, 2016
NFL reporter Albert Breer broke down the impact that has on the current suspension.
Also, Trent Williams served a 4-game suspension in 2011 under the substance policy. So it'd seem this 4-gamer may be appealed down from 10.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 1, 2016
The team is on its’ bye week, then will continue without Williams as they trudge through the heart of their 2015-16 schedule.
He’ll miss games against the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys; all of which feature formidable front sevens.
At 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, he is regarded as one of the premier players at tackle because of his ability to use an innate combination of size, strength and mobility to both, pass and run block. The team had found an offensive rhythm as of late, winning four of their last six contests and gaining over 1,000 yards combined in their last two.
Williams will be eligible to return when the Redskins travel to Philadelphia on Dec. 11 in hopes of completing an important season sweep of the Eagles.